Leicester

Leicester students create multi-faith tour of city

St. Mary de Castro church
Image caption The Anglican church of St Mary De Castro dates back to the 12th Century

A faith trail exploring different places of worship has been devised by students from the University of Leicester.

The three-mile-walk, which includes famous landmarks such as the St Mary de Castro church, was designed by second year archaeology students.

It was part of a project exploring what faith means to people in modern times.

The students said "the city offers a unique diversity of places of worship in modern Britain".

Diverse faith

The Leicester Faith and Place Trail was designed with help from the city's faith groups as part of a project investigating the wider meanings of faith and place in the city.

Image caption The mosque has a separate Islamic centre for Muslim women to pray and socialise

The tour includes a diverse range of places of worship, including Islam, Judaism, Sikhism and the world arts gallery at New Walk Museum.

A spokesperson for the university said: "The project aims to develop understanding about how sacred spaces are perceived and valued within a multi-cultural society in the 21st century.

"The trail takes in a small selection of the different places of faith in Leicester city centre that can be visited by members of the public in the course of a few hours."

One of the venues featured on the walk is the Central Mosque on Conduit Street, which is described as having "prayer facilities for 1,500 people, with a first floor gallery for 300 women.

In addition to the walk, Dr Chris Green from the university has created an interactive map showing "all of the known places of worship in Leicester", both past and present.

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